Sports  April 18, 2014
Trott to take 'immediate break' from cricket, says ECB
Jonathon Trott (right) plays a reverse sweep as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara looks on in the World Cup quarter-final at The R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo on March 26, 2011The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate effect.Trott, who pulled out of England's tour of Australia and spent four months out of the game with what the ECB described as a "stress-related illness", experienced a repeat of the same symptoms afte...  Full Story
Hamilton battles back in Chinese GP practice
Lewis Hamilton waits to take his car out during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014Lewis Hamilton battled back Friday to set the fastest time in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix after suspension problems with his Mercedes earlier in the day.Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week, by posting the second fastest lap in the afternoon after leading the first session.Championship leader Ni...  Full Story
Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari at Chinese grand prix
Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives down the straight before posting the fastest time during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday.However it was a mixed morning for the Italian giants and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit on Monday, as Kimi Raikkonen w...  Full Story
Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64
Angela Stanford hits her first shot on the 5th hole during the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf on April 17, 2014 in Kapolei, HawaiiAngela Stanford nabbed eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 to grab the second-round lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship.Stanford, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, improved her score from the first round by eight shots, her eight-under par total of 136 giving her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Michelle Wie.Wie carded a bogey-free five-under ...  Full Story
Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead
Matt Kuchar hits a tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2014 in Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaMatt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage.Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English.Jordan Spieth, the 20...  Full Story
Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban
Choi Ji-Man of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day on February 20, 2014 in Peoria, ArizonaSeattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.The 22-year-old South Korean was found to have the steroid methandienone in his system during a drug test, triggering an immediate ban.Choi was added to the Marine...  Full Story
Howard signs new deal with Everton
EvertonEverton goalkeeper Tim Howard signed a contract extension on Thursday which will keep him at the Premier League club until 2018.Howard has been rewarded for another strong season which has seen the United States international produce a series of outstanding performances as the Toffees challenge for a Champions League place.The 35-year-old's previou...  Full Story
Rio Games ramp up infrastructure investment to outstrip London
View of the constructing site of a new express way called Transolimpica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 08, 2013, part of the modernization of neighborhoods prior to the 2016 Olympic GamesBrazil will spend 24.1 billion reais ($10.8 billion) on infrastructure projects for the 2016 Rio Olympics in an effort to ensure South America's first Games are delivered on time, organizers have announced.The figure will take the total projected spending for the Olympics to 36.7 billion reais ($16.3 billion), exceeding the $15 billion cost (at tod...  Full Story